Wednesday, July 26, 2006
In Depth Debunking of Coulter's Creationist Mumbo Jumbo In Godless
1. Secondary Addiction: Ann Coulter on Evolution
2. Secondary Addiction Part II: Ann Coulter on Evolution
3. Secondary Addiction Part III: Ann Coulter on Evolution
I thought my recent post "Anne Coulter's War on Science" is apropos to your topic. Excerpt:
One of Coulter's Godless chapter titles is "The Left's War on Science". In that chapter she cites research from Peter Dolan as evidence of how the left distorts or ignores scientific research when promoting the problem of global warming.
"About the same time, the journal Nature published the findings of scientist Peter Doran and his colleagues at the University of Illinois. Rather than using the UN's "computer models", the researchers took actual temperature readings. It turned out temperatures in the Antarctic have been getting slightly colder-not warmer- for the last thirty years." - Ann Coulter - "Godless" pages 190-191
Well, in the New York Times yesterday, Peter Doran makes it clear that it is actually Ann Coulter, who is incorrectly using and distorting his research in the service of her agenda.
Cold, Hard Facts By Peter Doran
Published: July 27, 2006
"In the debate on global warming, the data on the climate of Antarctica has been distorted, at different times, by both sides. As a polar researcher caught in the middle, I'd like to set the record straight... Our results have been misused as "evidence" against global warming by Michael Crichton in his novel "State of Fear" and by Ann Coulter in her latest book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism." ...Our study did find that 58 percent of Antarctica cooled from 1966 to 2000. But during that period, the rest of the continent was warming. And climate models created since our paper was published have suggested a link between the lack of significant warming in Antarctica and the ozone hole over that continent. These models, conspicuously missing from the warming-skeptic literature, suggest that as the ozone hole heals thanks to worldwide bans on ozone-destroying chemicals all of Antarctica is likely to warm with the rest of the planet. An inconvenient truth?"